Fire brigade and first respondersMore and more often, rescue operations are coordinated centrally by regional control centres. The exchange of an accurate assessment with the respective control centre plays a very important role for reliable allocation of resources. In cases of emergency or damage, the complexity of infrastructures normally requires further information regarding the condition of buildings and systems at the operation site. The spectrum reaches from connecting control center systems, the integration of indoor radio systems over the transmission of video and thermal image information, up to the merging of measurement and sensor data as well as the networking of medical treatment places on big events or of entire plant areas.

Video data of the operation site - recorded via video drone, vehicle camera, helmet camera or other portable systems, combined with detailed position and sensor data enable precise assessment of the current situation and thus increase operational efficiency. Data is exchanged in real time between first responders, emergency vehicles and on-site sensors, and finally submitted to the operation control centre in bundled form. A head of operations need not be on-site to gain an overview of the situation, but is supplied with information at the control centre and can co-ordinate the operation together with other task forces, if necessary. In response, information from data bases is made available, such as building plans or safety measures in case of chemical hazards at the scene.

These capabilities are important not only for professional fire brigades in larger cities and volunteer fire brigades, but also for company fire brigades at plants and airports. The flexible communication system HiMoNN guarantees a secure broadband connection of the operation site on factory premises or the airport with the respective fire control centre. 

HiMoNN provides a flexible and secure broadband communications solution that is automatically set up and immediately available between vehicles on the spot. With this - different client devices as well as sensors can communicate in real time. Additionally, HiMoNN has a GPS functionality to visualize the current position of the HiMoNN devices in a monitoring display. Transmissions to other networks and the connection to remote control centers are possible via mobile, satellite, directional radio or terrestrial networks. This allows for example direct access to data bases in the fire control center from the operation site.

HiMoNN is based on ad-hoc networking technology and thus does not require any stationary communications infrastructure. The ability of each communication node simultaneously to act as a relay increases the possible distances between senders and receivers and permits establishing a communications network over several square kilometres. This way the network can be spread to locations that are not covered by an existing stationary communications infrastructure, as may be necessary with operations in tunnels, if fire has destroyed the existing infrastructure. Networks often must be extended for operations in buildings where steel and concrete prevent connection to external radio communications networks.

HiMoNN optimizes itself automatically depending on the current scenery conditions and the dynamically changing positions of the relief units. It is simple to operate, allows to quickly deploy a broadband network at any operation site and thus is an expedient supplement to narrow-banded analog and digital radio systems. 

A major part of the information exchanged during operation is generally classified as sensitive. For these a secure transfer as well as protection from unauthorized access by any third parties is an important prerequisite. Confidentiality and integrity of information transferred via HiMoNN is always guaranteed by the application of powerful security technologies recommended by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). The automatic and user-friendly configuration of HiMoNN as well as the robust structure of all components is basis for the reliability of the system. 

HiMoNN systems apply standardized technologies and interfaces. This allows for easy integration of countless existing client devices and applications and ensures the adaption to future developments.  Usage charges and costs as they arise in the use of mobile or rental of data lines are not levied for the operation of HiMoNN.

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